Bartow, Fla. (April 5, 2022) — Several railroad crossing repairs by CSX Transportation in the Lakeland and Kathleen areas of Polk County have finished, while others are still underway or starting soon. Repairs that recently closed crossings at West 10th Street and Knights Station Road have finished and both roadways are now open to traffic. Related work at the Sleepy Hill Road and North Galloway Road rail crossings are nearing completion. These crossings are expected to open no later than Thursday afternoon.
CSX closures of their tracks crossing Oak Avenue NW and 1st Street NW in Kathleen are starting Wednesday morning, April 6. Each closure is scheduled to last for two to five days, with detours redirecting traffic around the closed crossings. Motorists can expect travel delays and heavier than usual peak-hour congestion, particularly with the lengthier bypass of the 1st Street NW crossing. Commuters should drive carefully, follow detour signs, and add extra time to their trips through these areas.
The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager’s Office regret any disruption caused by CSX closures. However, longstanding statutes provide CSX authority to close roads crossing their rail lines. Polk County recognizes these repairs are necessary and will make for better and safer driving conditions when finished.
Anyone wanting to report a public road rail crossing issue or complaint should call CSX at 1-800-232-0144 or email them at TellCSX@csx.com.